Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Tyler Kirkham
The final battle against Invictus takes place as the dissolution of the current incarnation of the New Guardians unfolds. While confronting guardian Sayd for her methods and Larfleeze for... well, being Larfleeze, Kyle and his companions come face to face with the archangel from Vega for the last time in an effort that could be considered the ultimate collaboration, and pretty much what this year of stories has slowly been leading to; the entire issue is a visual delight. What comes completely out of the blue and in direct contradiction to what the series has been about, is the team splitting up. The relationships that were simmering for 12 issues, the dynamics, and even the inner conflicts, all come crumbling down in the last page in order to set a blank slate for the second year of the title. A disservice to the characters, and the readers who were vested on them.